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  • blog October 22, 2014

    Afropop Debut: “Spirit of Malombo” Album Stream

    Ahhh man. Do we have a treat for you, fair readers. We are super excited to offer the debut album stream of Spirit of Malombo, an astounding compilation of the South African avant-jazz produced by drummer Julian Bahula and guitarist … Read more »

  • blog October 10, 2014

    Afro-Tech: Hailu Mergia on Organs, Ethiopia, and His Classical Instrument

     Hailu Mergia is back. And that’s a good thing. The keyboardist spent the late ’60s and ’70s in the Walias band, an r&b/funk ensemble that played with many of the best known Ethiopian performers of that nation’s golden era. Finding … Read more »

  • program October 3, 2014

    Treasures of Benin

    Nestled between Togo, Burkina Faso, Niger and Nigeria, Benin is a culturally rich sliver of West Africa too often overlooked. This program focuses Afropop’s spotlight on Benin, starting with the country’s favorite daughter. International star Angelique Kidjo looks back on … Read more »

  • blog October 3, 2014

    Benin’s Fearless Musical Painter: Lionel Loueke in Concert

    It was a truly magical evening. In concert at the University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall, guitarist Lionel Loueke created a kaleidoscope glimmering with bits of his Benin homeland’s rich musical heritage. Set solidly within a jazz framework, his pieces were … Read more »

  • blog September 5, 2014

    Mulatu Astatke’s Journey to Find Himself

    The first thing that will strike you at a concert by Mulatu Astatke, before the music even starts, is the mix of the crowd you are in. First, there are the older jazz lovers who may have come upon Astatke … Read more »

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